SAY what you will about the Northern Distributor Road (and plenty has been said over the years) but it does spare Orange’s CBD one of the immutable traditions of Bathurst 1000 weekend: the region-wide, post-race traffic jam.
As is the case each year, three of the Central West’s major thoroughfares were clogged on Monday with the mass exodus of campers from Mount Panorama.
Bathurst – obviously – suffered the worst of it, with the Great Western, Mid Western and Mitchell highways bumper-to-bumper with frustrated race fans trying to make their way home.
Motorists in both Cowra and Lithgow were impacted as the slow-moving and seemingly never-ending convoy snaked its way through the towns.
It was business as usual in Orange’s CBD though, with west- and north-bound supercars fans taking advantage of the often-maligned bypass road to the city’s north.
Near record crowds attended the iconic racetrack for the weekend’s event, with a total of 206,755 attending between Thursday and Sunday.
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